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Niger rare giraffe population makes a comeback

Story contains video via Physorg | Thu March 08, 2012
The last West African giraffes, now living in the wild only in southwestern Niger, are making a comeback with numbers standing at 310 last year, the environment ministry said here Wednesday. Only 50 of them, their lowest number, was recorded in 1996.

Amazon removes whale meat products from Japanese site

via The Guardian | Sun March 04, 2012
Environmental groups are claiming a major victory after the online retailer Amazon removed whale meat products from its site in Japan. Public outcry forces online retailer to ditch products including whale bacon, whale jerky and canned whale meat.

Florida group rebuilds vital coral reefs

Story contains video via CNN | Sun March 04, 2012
Restoration Foundation to help bring life back to endangered coral reefs. Since 2003, his group has grown thousands of corals in underwater nurseries and planted them on reefs in the Florida Keys.

International Bird Area in Kenya saved from conversion into biofuel crop

via MongaBay | Fri March 02, 2012
A campaign by NGO Nature Kenya has saved the Dakatcha Woodland Important Bird Area (IBA) from destruction for planting biofuel crops, reports BirdLife International.

New sanctuaries declared for Asia’s freshwater dolphins

Story contains video via MongaBay | Fri February 24, 2012
Bangladesh has declared three new sanctuaries to help protect the south Asian river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.

New York eyes shark fin trade ban

via AFP | Wed February 22, 2012
A group of New York legislators on Tuesday unveiled a draft law banning trade in shark fins, saying the practice, which serves the market for Chinese shark fin soup, was decimating the ocean predators.

Judge orders Florida water pollution limits

via News Press | Mon February 20, 2012
A Southwest Florida conservation official is calling a federal judge’s ruling on clean water limits a total victory for the environment.

Nations get tough on tiger trade

via BBC | Thu February 16, 2012
Crime chiefs from countries with populations of wild tigers have agreed to work together in order to combat the illegal trade in the big cats.

Safeway Announces Sustainable Tuna-Sourcing Policy

via Triple Pundit | Tue February 14, 2012
Safeway recently announced that the Safeway brand Skipjack (chunk-light) canned tuna will be responsibly caught using free-school purse-seine methods. This method of using purse-seiners spots tuna schools by using radar and sonar. The company will transition to this method by the end of the year.

‘Pyramids’ planted to revive Philippine corals

via Outcome Magazine | Fri February 10, 2012
Thousands of small 'pyramids' are being planted off the Philippines' famous Boracay resort island in an effort to bring its nearly destroyed coral reefs back to life, an environment group said Thursday.

Satellite study reveals critical habitat and corridors for world’s rarest gorilla

via Terra Daily | Sun February 05, 2012
Conservationists working in Central Africa to save the world's rarest gorilla have good news: the Cross River gorilla has more suitable habitat than previously thought, including vital corridors that, if protected, can help the great apes move between sites in search of mates, according to the North Carolina Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups.

Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic

via Fast Co Exist | Mon January 30, 2012
The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

Leatherback sea turtles granted massive protected area along U.S. west coast

Story contains video via MongaBay | Tue January 24, 2012
The U.S. federal government has designated 108,556 square kilometers (41,914 square miles) as critical habitat for the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), the largest of the world's marine turtles and one of the most endangered.

No rhinos poached in Nepal last year

Story contains video via MongaBay | Tue January 10, 2012
As rhinos again fell to poachers in record numbers in 2011, there was one bright-spot: Nepal. Not a single rhino was killed by poachers in the Himalayan nation, the first poach-free year in 29 years.

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